WISE BLOOD by Flannery O'Connor
Davey, Janet, The Independent (London, England)
book of a lifetime
I must have been reading a run of unsurprising novels because at some point in my early forties, 'Wise Blood' by Flannery O'Connor woke me up. Hazel Motes, the main character, carves a chasm through the book and I followed him through. I pursued Asa Hawkes, the blind preacher, and shunned Enoch Emery, the 18-year-old zoo-keeper obsessed with the preserved corpse in the town museum.
Motes's world was not mine but I got my bearings in Taulkinham, Tennessee - the City Forest Park with its bath house and FROSTY BOTTLE hotdog stand, the used car lots and yellow clapboard houses, the centre ablaze with glary lights on a Thursday evening when …
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Publication information: Article title: WISE BLOOD by Flannery O'Connor. Contributors: Davey, Janet - Author. Newspaper title: The Independent (London, England). Publication date: April 13, 2012. Page number: 26. © 2009 The Independent - London. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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